A business education teacher from Clayton was charged for having a sexual relationship with a student. Eric Lamar Minter, 39, was employed by Smithfield-Selma High School in Johnston County from 2010. He turned himself in to the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office after the story of his affair with a 19-year-old female student became known.
What is the offense if I have an affair with a student?
Under North Carolina law, if you are employed or volunteer as a teacher, coach, school safety officer, school administrator or other school personnel, it is a felony to have sexual intercourse with a student at the same school who is more than four years younger. It is no defense to argue that the student consented to having sex, unless you are married to the student.
Could I ever work as a teacher again if convicted?
If you are convicted, you face the penalties for a Class G felony. The minimum sentence you could face if you have no prior convictions is a 10-month intermediate punishment, and the possibility of a fine. If you have prior convictions, you could face up to 25 months in a state prison.
In addition to the immediate penalties for a conviction, your criminal history contains a permanent record of the conviction. Every local board of education is required to establish a policy regarding the carrying out of criminal history background checks on all applicants for employment at a school. In Wake County, the board of education requires that each applicant be vetted for prior convictions. If a background check reveals that you have a prior conviction suggesting that you may pose a threat to students’ physical safety or that you lack the integrity to fulfill your duties, your application will be rejected.
Posted in Criminal Defense
Tagged North Carolina criminal law, student-teacher relationships